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Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 72 – Employing disqualified lawyer

157.Section 72 applies to:

  • a solicitor who has been struck off the roll or suspended from practice;

  • a European or foreign lawyer who has been suspended or whose registration has been withdrawn;

  • an individual practitioner (as defined in section 48(5)) who has been either struck off, or suspended or disqualified from practising; or

  • an incorporated practice whose certificate of recognition has been revoked.

158.The licensed provider, knowing that a person is so disqualified, must not employ or pay that person (subsection (2)), unless the approved regulator has given permission so to do (subsection (3)), which it may do for a specified period and with conditions attached (subsection (4)). Subsections (5) and (6) provide for appeals to the Court of Session in certain situations. Subsection (7) provides that if a licensed provider knowingly and deliberately employs a disqualified person, or wilfully contravenes any conditions, its licence may be revoked or suspended.

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